"Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr." (born September 27, 1982), better known by his stage name "Lil Wayne", is an American rapper. Currently part of the newly reunited rap group Hot Boys
, he joined the Cash Money Records collective as a teenager. He worked with B.G. on the album "True Story" and eventually recorded for the label. "Get It How U Live", released in 1997, was Lil Wayne's first album with Hot Boys, and "Tha Block is Hot", his solo debut, came out 1999. "Block" debuted in the top ten on the American Billboard 200 chart and Lil Wayne was nominated for "Best New Artist" from "The Source" magazine the same year. Following this success, Wayne soon featured on other rappers' singles, including "Bling Bling" by B.G.
and "#1 Stunna" by the Big Tymers
in 2000. Often beset with numerous problems with the law over his various drug uses and abuses, Wayne is most well-known for his problems with sipping promethazine codeine cough syrup.
After his hit debut album "Tha Block Is Hot" and two more albums released with little promotion, Lil Wayne reached higher popularity with 2004's "Tha Carter" and its two subsequent albums "Tha Carter II" (2005) and "Tha Carter III" (2008). During that period, he appeared on several mixtapes and singles of other artists.
Lil Wayne was born Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. and grew up in the Hollygrove neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana. Carter enrolled in the gifted program of Lafayette Elementary School and in the drama club of Eleanor McMain Secondary School. However, as of late 2007, Lil Wayne reported that he has stepped down from the management of both labels and has handed management of Young Money over to Cortez Bryant.
===Mixtapes and cameos (2006-2007)===
In 2006, following the release of "Tha Carter II", Lil Wayne collaborated with rapper Birdman for the album "Like Father, Like Son", whose first single "Stuntin' Like My Daddy", reached #21 on the Billboard Hot 100. Instead of a follow-up solo album, Lil Wayne reached his audience through a plethora of mixtapes and guest appearances on a variety of pop and hip-hop singles. The release of "The Leak" in this format never came to fruition, but an official EP titled "The Leak" and containing five tracks was released digitally on December 25, 2007.
On January 23, 2008, Lil Wayne was arrested alongside two others. His tour bus was stopped by Border Patrol agents near Yuma, Arizona. A K-9 Unit recovered 105 grams of marijuana (3.7 ounces), almost 29 grams of cocaine (1.02 ounces), 41 grams of Ecstasy (1.4 ounces) and $22,000 dollars in cash. Lil Wayne was charged with four felonies: possession of narcotic drug for sale, possession of dangerous drugs, misconduct involving weapons and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was granted permission to travel outside of the state and remain out of custody on the $10,185 bond he posted. On May 6, 2008 Wayne returned to court in Arizona to plead not guilty to the charges.
"Tha Carter III" was released on June 10, 2008, selling more than a million copies in its first week of release, the first to do so since 50 Cent's "The Massacre" in 2005. The first single "Lollipop", featuring Static
became the rapper's most commercially successful song at that point, topping the Billboard Hot 100, making it the first Top 10 single for Lil Wayne as a solo artist, as well as his first #1 on the chart. His third single from Tha Carter III, "Got Money" featuring T-Pain, peaked at #13 on the Billboard 100. Along with his album singles, Lil Wayne appeared on R&B singles "Girls Around the World" by Lloyd and "Love In This Club, Part II" by Usher as well as rap singles "My Life" by The Game, "100 Million" and "I Run This" by Birdman, "Haterz" by Glasses Malone
, and pop single, "Let It Rock" by new Cash Money artist Kevin Rudolf
On July 14, 2008, the Recording Industry Association of America certified "Tha Carter III" two times platinum.
He has announced several possible projects following "Tha Carter III", including a collaboration album "I Can't Feel My Face" with rapper Juelz Santana that has been in production for several years. On the website "HipHopDX.com", he has discussed a possible R&B album titled "Luv Sawngz", for which he will heavily rely on a vocoder. He has also talked with singer Lloyd about doing a collaboration album in the future. DJ Drama stated that there would be a third installation of the "Dedication" mixtape series with Lil Wayne, who has instead stated that he will do an full album under the title. In interviews, Wayne has asserted that he might make an album titled "Tha Carter IV". On June 19, 2008, Lil Wayne and T-Pain formed a supergroup called T-Wayne and planned to release an album.
The lineup for New Orleans' 2008 Voodoo Experience concert, to be held in October, will feature Lil Wayne. Jonathan Cohen of "Billboard" magazine reported that the event will mark his biggest hometown headlining set of his career. Lil Wayne will be reuniting with Hot Boys alongside Juvenile, Turk, and B.G. They plan to release an album after B.G.'s solo album "Too Hood to Be Hollywood" is completed. Wayne also performed as the 2008 Virgin Mobile Music Fest with Kanye West, performing his "Lollipop (remix)" featuring West and also lip-syncing to Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You". Lil Wayne also performed at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards with Kid Rock ("All Summer Long"), Leona Lewis ("DontGetIt (Misunderstood)") and T-Pain ("Got Money"). Lil Wayne was also featured on the 34th season premiere episode of Saturday Night Live as the musical guest and is also set to perform at Vanderbilt University's homecoming on October 23. Wayne was then revealed to be performing at the 2008 BET Hip Hop Awards along with Ludacris, T-Pain, The Game, and Young Jeezy among others, where he leads all nominations with 12 total.
In an interview on MTV's Mixtape Monday, Wayne stated that Tha Carter IV is "nice" but fans should be looking for Dedication 3 with DJ Drama. Following Tha Carter III's achievement of selling over 2 million copies, becoming 2008's best record, Wayne re-signed with Cash Money Records for a multi-album deal. On September 24, Lil Wayne published his first blog for ESPN in their issue, ESPN The Magazine. Wayne revealed he was a tennis fan, a Green Bay Packers fan, a Boston Bruins fan, a Los Angeles Lakers fan, and a Boston Red Sox fan.
*1999: "Tha Block Is Hot"
*2000: "Lights Out"
*2003: "500 Degreez"
*2004: "Tha Carter"
*2005: "Tha Carter II"
*2006: "Like Father, Like Son"
*2008: "Tha Carter III"
*TBD: "Tha Carter IV"
*2007: "The Leak EP"
*2004: "Da Drought"
*2004: "Da Drought 2"
*2004: "The Prefix"
*2005: "The Suffix"
*2006: "Lil Weezyana"
*2006: "Dedication 2"
*2007: "Da Drought 3"
*TBD: "Dedication 3"
*2000: "Baller Blockin as Iceberg Shorty"
*2008: "Hurricane Season as Lamont"
*2009: "The Carter as Himself"
*2009: "Fast and Furious as Alex"
*2007: "Access Granted as Himself"
*2007: "The Boondocks as Himself"
Referenced from Wikipedia: Lil Wayne